Picking the best LED lights for your home

Posted on March 13, 2013 Category: LED Lighting Articles

LED lights have become increasingly popular options among homeowners because they burn brightly without wasting energy. Recent strides in LED technology mean consumers have more options than ever when it comes to illuminating their residences. The MIT Technology Review notes that there are some common features that everyone should look out for when choosing their lights. Brightness, color quality and bulb shape all factor into what options are the best for every home. 

Brightness
According to the news source, brightness is commonly measured in wattage, but that does not provide an accurate reading because the unit refers to power. You need to think in terms of lumens when picking LED light bulbs. To equal the brightness of an 100-watt incandescent fixture, you need an LED light that produces 1,600 lumens. 

Color quality
The color quality of your lights is determined by their temperature and rating on the Color Rendering Index. Temperature is measured in Kelvin, and the higher it is, the bluer the light will seem. Lights between 2,700 and 4,000 degrees Kelvin are recommended for residential use, while others are recommended for commercial lighting. White adjustable LED light bulbs are the best solutions because they allow consumers to find the optimal temperature and color. These bulbs can reach temperatures between 3,000 and 6,500 degrees Kelvin and offer 560 lumens. 

Shape and size
Ensure that your bulb is the correct size and shape for your needs. Household lights are categorized by the letter "A" and then have a number based on its diameter, which is measured in eighths of an inch. Additionally, you need the correct bulb base so that your lights will be compatible with your fixtures. The most common base size is 26 millimeters and is referred to as E26. 

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